• 52°

Blackwelder column: Weather causes brown patch

By Darrell Blackwelder
For Salisbury Post
High humidity from afternoon showers often creates the perfect environment for insect and disease problems. Home gardeners are experiencing problems in both landscape and vegetable gardens along with other issues. Below are a few problems posed to the horticulture agent over the past week.
Q: I have circular patches of dead grass showing up on my lawn. It has been perfect until now. Is there anything I can do to eliminate the problem?
A: Your problem sounds like brown patch. Application of fungicides will prevent the spread of the disease. There are now granular fungicides that will keep the fungus in check. You must treat the entire lawn on a regular basis for adequate control.
Q: Is there such a tree known as a blackberry tree? I found a tree in my back yard with blackberries on it. Are they edible?
A: The tree you’re speaking of is a mulberry. It is native to China and Central Asia. The fruit is very similar to blackberry. It is edible with a mild, sweet flavor. Some nurseries have white mulberry cultivars.
Q: I found a couple of bats roosting on the shutters and eaves of the gables of my house. How do I get rid of them?
A: Use a strong stream from the water hose and douse them frequently. They’ll get the message and eventually leave. You must be persistent.
Q: My young squash are rotting and dying on the vines. The plant itself is healthy, but has no fruit. What can be the problem?
A: Lack of bees for pollination is probably the problem. Avoid use of pesticides around squash or other cucurbits. Bees will eventually come back and pollinate the plant.
Q: I have black spots on our red tip photinias. How do I control this disease? Should I cut them back?
A: Heavy pruning and over-fertilization aggravate this fungal disease problem. Avoid heavy pruning, especially in the summer. The foliar disease is entomosporium leaf spot. The fungus occurs in warm, humid weather in late May and June and persists until it becomes hot and dry. Regular foliar sprays of fungicides such as daconil will give some control. However, the disease is so rampant that many people have chosen to replace this shrub with holly or another species with fewer disease problems.

Darrell Blackwelder is an agricultural agent in charge of horticulture with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in Rowan County.704-216-8970
http://www.rowanmastergardener.com
http://rowan.ces.ncsu.edu
http://rowanhorticulture.blogspot.com/

Comments

Comments closed.

Health

County updates health director job description, will advertise for position

Elections

Board of Elections to purchase upgraded voting equipment using federal grant

Kannapolis

Kyle Seager drives in winning run in first game as Mariners split doubleheader with Orioles

Local

City exhausts this year’s funds for Innes Street Improvements, Municipal Services District grant programs

Landis

Landis adopts amendments to Zoning Ordinance related to signs, Planning Board terms

Nation/World

Cop, police chief resign 2 days after Black motorist’s death

Nation/World

Expert says cop was justified in pinning down George Floyd

Crime

Blotter: April 13

Coronavirus

County switches vaccines for Livingstone clinic after federal, state guidance

Coronavirus

US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports

Education

Superintendent talks first 100 days, dives into district data

Business

‘It was an answer to a call:’ TenderHearted Home Care celebrates 10 years of providing care at home

News

Political Notebook: Local polls find increasing number of North Carolinians want COVID-19 vaccine

News

Trial begins on challenge to latest NC voter ID law

Local

Burch, Fisher, Marsh honored as 2021 recipients of Elizabeth Duncan Koontz Humanitarian Award

Landis

Landis board talks revenues, budget planning, department updates

College

College baseball: Catawba rolls 7-1 and 24-1

Nation/World

Student fires at officers at Tennessee school, is killed

Nation/World

Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun

Crime

Man receives consecutive prison sentences for sex offenses

Education

RSS Board of Education approves Faith Elementary sale

Coronavirus

Rowan Health Department receives 400 Pfizer, 800 Johnson & Johnson vaccines for week

Crime

Blotter: Accident in Food Lion only weekend shooting to produce injuries

Crime

Salisbury man charged with felony drug crimes